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National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka
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Nagarbhavi, PB No.7201,
Bengaluru (Bangalore) (District Bengaluru (Bangalore))
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 560072


National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is a University recognised by UGC. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka was established on / in 1987.


National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is situated in Bengaluru (Bangalore) of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Bengaluru (Bangalore) comes under Bengaluru (Bangalore) Tehsil, Bengaluru (Bangalore) District.

Fax # of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is 080-23160534, 23160521.

Contact Person(s) of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is (are): Dr Sairam Bhat (Coordinator).

email ID(s) is National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka

Website of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is www.nls.ac.in, wwwded.nls.ac.in.

Registrar : Prof Dr OV Nandimath.


Contact Details of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-80 23213160, 23160532,23160533, 23160535, 23160524

Pin code changed from 560072 to 560242.



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National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka runs course(s) in Law stream(s).
LLM, LLB

Profile of National Law School of India University (NLSIU)

The concept of a national institution to act as a pace-setter and a testing ground for bold experiments in legal education came up before the Bar Council of India in the context of the Councils statutory responsibility for maintaining standards in professional legal education under the Advocates Act, 1961.

About Us
The idea of deemed university status gained strength in the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India and eventually the BCI demanded a deemed University status from the University Grants Commission.

The co-operation of the Karnataka Government, the Bangalore University and the initiatives of senior members of the Bar Council of India as well as that of Karnataka State Bar Council gave the project distinct possibilities of realization over the years. The idea gained more supporters in course of time within the Council and outside who worked at different levels to establish the institution in the interest of better legal education and higher standards of legal research and training. The promoters of the institution finally, succeeded after thirteen long years of suspense and uncertainty, when the Karnataka Government established on August 29, 1987 through a Gazette Notification, the National Law School of India University at Bangalore under the National Law School of India Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986).

The Act is a unique piece of legislation which incorporates complete administrative and academic autonomy together with flexibility for innovation and experimentation in the pursuit of excellence. By and large, the management of the institution rests with the organized legal profession of the country. Outside administration of justice, the NLSIU is perhaps the best example of Academy-Bar-Bench co-operation in the field of Law in India today. The Chief Justice of India, as Visitor of the NLSIU and the Chairman of the Bar Council of India as Chairman of the General Council of the School provide a stature and prestige to the School unparalleled in the history of legal education in the country.

A large number of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts as well as Senior Advocates have offered to assist the NLSIU in its teaching and research programmes making education at NLSIU a rare and exciting experience to the student body. The NLSIU started its journey in 1987 under the stewardship of its Founder Director, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon. The first batch of students joined on July 1, 1988 in the integrated five year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Course. The NLSIU started its courses in the premises of the Central College , Bangalore University . The NLSIU moved to its own premises at the present address in 1992.

Governing Bodies
The NLSIU has the following authorities :

The General Council
The Executive Council
The Academic Council
The Finance Committee

Powers of the aforesaid authorities are mentioned below :

The General Council has the power to review the broad policies and programmes of the University and suggest measures for the improvement and development of the School. It also considers and passes the resolutions on the annual report, financial estimates and the audit reports on such accounts. The General Council shall meet at least once in a year. The Chairman of the Bar Council of India shall preside over the meetings. However, so far, the Visitor has attended all the General Council Meetings and whenever he attends he presides over the meetings as per the Statute.

The Executive Council is the chief executive body of the University in which all the administrative control and management of the NLSIU is vested. It hs been empowered to control and administer the property and funds of the School. The Director shall be the Chairman of the Executive Council and the Registrar shall be ex-offico Secretary.

The Academic Council has the power of control over and general regulation of and be responsible for the maintenance of standards of instruction, education and examination at the School. It has ben mandated to advise the Executive Council on all academic matters. The Director shall be the Chairman of Academic Council.

Finance Committee constituted by the Executive Council consists of the Treasurer of the School who is the Managing Trustee of the Bar Council of India Trust, the Director, three members nominated by Executive Council from amongst its members out of whom at least one would be from the Bar Council of India and one from Government of Karnataka. The Finance Committee has been empowered to examine and scrutinise the annual budget of the school and make recommendations on financial matters to the Executive Council and to consider the proposals for new expenditure, and the periodical statement of accounts and review the finances of the school. The treasurer shall preside over the meeting and in his absence, the Director shall preside.

Infrastructure
The University is fully residential, with complete residential facilities for students and staff. The campus had its first building in 1992 and today it has a main academic block, a distance education block, three Halls of Residence each for men and women, one post- graduate women s hostel, staff quarters and a well equipped training centre with residential facilities for participants participating in the training programs.



A new library building named "Shri Narayan Rao Melgiri" has been built with the generous donation made by Mrs. Sudha Murthy of the Infosys Foundation and with the financial assistance from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi .

Faculty
Faculty Directory

Vice Chancellor & Professor of Law Dr. A. Jayagovind

Registrar & Professor of Law Dr. V. Nagaraj


Professors of Law Dr. V.Vijayakumar
Dr. M.K. Ramesh
Dr. T. Ramakrishna

Additional Professor of History Dr. V.S. Elizabeth

Additional Professor of Sociology Dr. S. Japhet

Associate Professor of Law Dr. O.V. Nandimath
Dr. Vibha Sharma
Dr. Ashok R Patil

Assistant Professor of Law Mr. Govindraj Hegde
Ms. Sarasu Esther Thomas
Mr. Rahul Singh
Mr. Sudhir Krishnaswamy
Dr. Sairam Bhat

Assistant Professor of Economics Mr. T.S. Somashekhar

Lecturer in Law Ms. Yashomati Ghosh
Ms. Swarupama Chaturvedi

Ms. Anuradha Saibaba
Ms. A Nagarathna

Lecturer in Political Science Dr. Sujit Kumar Prusheth

Reliance Chair Professor Mr. M. Padmanabha Pillai

NHRC Chair Professor Prof. B.B. Pande

Adjunct Professors Mr. D. Shankar Reddy
Mr. T. Devidas
Prof. H.K. Nagaraja
Dr. Setlur B.N. Prakash

Visiting Faculty N.R. Krishnan
Parvathi Menon


Part-time Lecturers Mr. Maheswara
Mr. M.D. Arun
Mr. Shiva Prasad

Students Activities
All students enrolled in the full-time academic programmes at the NLSIU are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA). It is a matter of great pride for all of us at the Law School that the student body enjoys substantial autonomy and is in fact encouraged by the faculty to engage in a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities as well as hostel administration.



The SBA adopted a Constitution of its own in 2000, which regulates its structure and functioning. The SBA Constitution provides for the yearly formation of twelve Activity Based Committees (ABCs), each having a specific focus. The individual members of each ABC are chosen on the basis of merit in the respective area. Each ABC is headed by a student Convener elected by the particular committee s members, and its functioning is supervised by a faculty advisor. The University funds the intra-institutional activities of the various ABCs, while individual committees raise external sponsorships for their respective inter-institutional events and activities. The working of the ABCs is co-ordinated by two elected representatives, namely the President and the Vice-President.

Every class elects two student representatives who together form the Class Council. This body liaises with the faculty on academic issues.

Similarly, students are also involved in the administration of the hostels through three committees appointed by the Warden - namely the General Welfare Committee (GWC), Mess Committee and Disciplinary Committees.

The SBA has earned a formidable reputation for its wide range of events and activities - be it mooting, legal services, literary and cultural competitions or academic publications.

We publish three student edited journals i.e. the Student Bar Review (SBR), the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) and the Socio-Legal Review (SLR). LeGala is our annual inter-collegiate literary and cultural festival which runs concurrently with Strawberry Fields , which is India s largest student-organised rock show. In recent years, Spiritus , our inter-law college sports festival, as well as the NLS Debate , which is South Asia s largest parliamentary style debating tournament, have attracted both voluminous participation as well as media attention.

Recruitment is also managed completely by students. Each outgoing batch elects a Recruitment Co-ordination Committee (RCC) from amongst its own students, which networks with advocates, law firms and companies interested in recruiting NLSIU students. The recruitment process has so far unfailingly enjoyed a 100 % success rate, and in recent years has even attracted major foreign recruiters. Apart from this, many of our students secure admissions to prestigious universities each year for further study (many of them with scholarships such as the Rhodes, Inlaks, British Chevening among others). Some opt for careers in the academic and voluntary sectors.

We understand that the fee-structure at the NLSIU may cause a prospective student to think twice about seeking admission to the Law School . We are proud to state that these concerns have been addressed by way of a comprehensive merit-cum-need based scholarship programme as well as the easy availability of loans and financial assistance. The University follows the principle that no student once admitted shall ever have to discontinue his/her studies on grounds of financial hardship. Please click here for information about available scholarships.

Please feel free to e-mail us at sba@nls.ac.in, for information about student-life at the NLSIU.

Sincerely,

President Poongkhulali B. + 91 98459 12196

Vice President Kalrav Rakesh Mishra + 91 99862 95087

Library
The library is the heart of any academic institution and plays an important role in all academic activities and more so in law institutions. Keeping in view the aims and objectives of the Law School, the library has been planned and is being developed by a team of qualified professional library staff and guided by the Library Council. It has a collection of over 40,000 volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books, reference books, back volumes of journals and reports etc., apart from legal periodicals.



The library has adopted an open access system so as to facilitate readers to have easy access to the library resources. The library has also established links with other important libraries in and around Bangalore in order to provide inter-library access for the benefit of students and teachers of NLSIU. To assist the students and research scholars in locating literature as well as information in their areas of research, general reference, current awareness and computerized catalogue have been introduced. An orientation programme for new students is also organized to help them acquaint themselves with the library system and services for maximum utilization of the available resources.

The library has introduced computerized facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval.

Since we have now a broad band width leased line connection to the internet it is possible to have easy access to information directly from all available computerized data bases all over the world, not only in the field of law but also in other disciplines. Keeping in mind the vision to create an Elaw School, the University subscribes to many international online databases.

The library has been shifted to the new building and the same was inaugurated by Justice R C Lahoti, the Then Chief Justice of India on 27th August 2005. This ambitious dream of the law school from the inceptionhas come true. The building have all the modern state-of-the-art gadgets with wi-fi internet connection and highly modernized Audio-Visual equipments with teleconferencing facility. Special arrangements have also been made for the physically handicapped persons to access the library. This is a multi (three) stored Building with ample space of 30,000 sq ft. built-up area for storage of books and reading purposes.

OBJECTIVES :

To serve the academic community for the furtherance of the academic activities of NLSIU.
To provide an effective information service
To make available modern equipments for effective teaching, learning, research, acquisition of additional Knowledge etc.,
To computerize legal information, storage, retrieval and dissemination and ;
To make available information from various other libraries in and around Bangalore, through a planned resource sharing programme.

PHYSICAL LAYOUT :

The library has been spread into three floors. A Ground Floor, First Floor and Second Floor

The Ground Floor Contains :

All Back volumes of Journals and Reporters are housed here.
The current Journals / Reports which are being subscribed in the library are displayed.
A big reading hall
Two computers are kept here for the purpose of using OPAC and CD-Rom databases.
Photocopying facility
There are six rooms which are being used exclusively for the purpose of moot activities
The First Floor Has :

An entrance to the library
Property counter
6 computers for OPAC / Cd-Rom database search
Books Issue / Return Coiunter
All Centers collection like:
- IPR
- Subrata Roy Choudhury Collection
- Guna Pai Vasanth Pai Foundation
- Shri Vaidyanathan s collection
- Wadhwa and Co. Collection

The above mentioned centers collections are all received as gratis to our library by the respective Trusts / Foundations.

Along with this collection some of the reference materials are also housed here for easy access to the users.

Big reading hall
The Second Floor has:

Text books and other reference books are housed here.
Two computers are placed here for the purpose of using OPAC and CD-Rom databases.
A Big Reading Hall
A Photocopier
Services Offered :

Lending of Books
Reference
Referral
Articles Index Service
News Paper Clipping Service
Inter-Library Loan
CD-Rom databases search
Internet Search Etc.,
LIBRARY STATISTICS

Books 25,000
Back Volumes of Journals & Subscription 15,500
Current Journals 140
General Magazines 9
News Papers 8
Computers 16
Photocopying Machines 3
Staff 12

Library Timings

· Monday through Saturday

* 8.30. A.M. to 12.00 Midnight

* Sundays - 10.00 A M to 4.00 P M


Alumni
The Law School s alumni have, in the space of only a few years, made glorious strides in severel diverse fields. From courtrooms to commercial law firms, from universities to NGOs and from international organisations to the civil services, our 1000-strong alumni community is making waves not only in India but also on foreign shores. The NLS alumni believes firmly in giving back to the institution and to the Law School community generously not only in terms of financial assistance and assistance in organising and judging moot courts, client counselling competitions and debates, but also by way of academic input to present students. These not only take the form of guest lectures and one-credit courses, but also career guidance talks and internship programmes. Several NLS alumni have even chosen to come back to campus to engage full-time courses over lucrative job opportunities.

The Alumni Association was formally registered as a society in 1997, and it elects its office-bearers every year at its Annual General Meeting. The Association comprises largely of Bangalore-based ex-Law Schoolites, who actively assist the SBA and the University in their many endeavours. For instance, several alumni take time off from their busy work schedules to take specialised seminars and practice-oriented clinical courses. The Alumni Association has, since 2005, hosted a dinner for the outgoing students a day before their convocation.

Since the alumni community is spread the world over, the best way to stay in touch, naturally, is through e-groups. Some of the prominent e-groups and mailing lists are listed below:

• nlsalumni@yahoogroups.com

• natlaw@yahoogroups.com

• nlsplus@yahoogroups.com

• nationallawschool@yahoogroups.com

• nlsiu@yahoogroups.com

• nlsalumnidelhi@yahoogroups.com (Delhi-based alumni)

• nlsmumbai@yahoogroups.com (Mumbai-based alumni)

• HydNLS@googlegroups.com (Hyderabad-based alumni)

• nls-class-1995@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. class of 1995)

• nlsclassof96@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. class of 1996)

• nls-97@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. Class of 1997)

• nls2004@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. class of 2004)

• 2005nls@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. class of 2005)

• lawschoolblues@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. class of 2006)

• llm_nls06@yahoogroups.com (LL.M. class of 2006)

• nls2003@yahoogroups.com (LL.B. Class of 2003)

In case we have missed batch e-groups from this list, please write to the SBA at sba@nls.ac.in

To know more about the current activities of the Alumni Association, contact the undersigned.

C. K. Nandakumar
Class of 2001
President, Alumni Association of NLSIU
E-mail : cknandakumar@gmail.com

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Location

DISTANCES
1. From Majestic Bus Station / City Railway Station : 10 Kms (Both are adjacent to each other)
2. From Bangalore Airport : 20 Kms
3. From Indiranagar : 17 Kms
4. From Vijaynagar : 4 Kms
5. From Malleswaram : 10 Kms
6. From Brigade Rd / M.G. Rd / Residency Rd : 14 Kms

GETTING TO NLSIU BY BUS
One of the city s largest bus stands is located right oppositte the City Railway Station. It is called the "Majestic" Bus Stand. The buses that come to Nagarbhavi are : 235, 235B, 235C, 235F and 43 (Pushpak) [From PLATFORM 19A]
If one does not get a bus to Nagarbhavi, it is also convenient to catch a bus to VIJAYNAGAR and an auto from there to NLSIU ( Though one should expect to pay an extra sum, over and above the meter ) The Bus Service to Vijaynagar is VERY REGULAR and also crowded. Buses to VIJAYNAGAR ply from : PLATFORM 1 and 2.

GETTING TO NLSIU BY TAXI
Taxis are a fairly comfortable way to travel in Bangalore, albeit a little expensive. If you are coming to NLSIU directly from the station or from the Airport, try to come by a pre paid cab. Otherwise, things can get very expensive. If you are coming to NLSIU from some place where you are staying, it would be best for you to ring up a City / Radio Taxi Service and ask for a Taxi. These are by far the most reasonable and professional of the Taxis. However, the cabs do have a tendancy to "not come at all" some times. So book well in adavance and keep reconfirming.

Phone Numbers:(City Taxis: 348 7191,348 7192; Radio Taxis:332 1052, 332 7589)

GETTING TO NLSIU BY AUTORICKSHAW
Autos are a fairly convenient means of commuting in Bangalore. However, they do have their drawbacks. Being on the outskirts of Bangalore as it is, Nagarbhavi is not exactly a preferred location for the Auto Rickshaw Drivers.
If you take an auto to Nagarbhavi, you want to go "to Nagarbhavi circle" Expect the auto driver to ask for 1 1/2 of what appears on the meter. If traveling at night, or with excess baggage, or with more than three people, they may even ask for double. Do not take this as the final say of Auto fares and do try and bargain a bit.
However, as a general principle, if not traveling to a remote locality or late at night, pay ONLY what appears on the meter. That is the correct fare. From Brigade Road / MG Road / Residency Road, expect the meter to read about 60 - 70 Rs.


NLSIU says no to intake hike, for now

The law institute, which has been working on doubling the intake due to the increase in demand, especially with local reservation, stated that the decision had to be put on hold for now.

The much-discussed initiative of increasing the student intake at the National Law School of India University seems to be shelved for the moment.

The law institute, which has been working for some time on doubling the intake due to the increase in demand, especially with local reservation, stated that the decision had to be put on hold for now.

According to the institute spokesperson, while the demand for reservation has been high, when it comes to funding for the same, it is totally unclear about the source of financial support.

The reservation for SC-ST is 22 per cent, physically challenged is 3 per cent and the demand for other backward class (OBC) is 28 per cent. This by itself is over 50 per cent. Then, if we have to retain meritorious students as well, the only way ahead is by doubling the intake from the present strength of 80 students. This requires financial support for land, infrastructure as well as faculty and for the scholarships that the institute supports for many of its students, said Prof. V. Nagaraj, Registrar, NLSIU.

Currently, the institute in Bengaluru is just managing on endowments. The council had made a request before the state budget about increasing the annual grant to Rs 20 crore from the Rs five crore that is given as a maintenance grant every year.

There has been no confirmation about this yet, though Prof Nagaraj stated that the detailed budget will have to be looked at. The institute in the city is the only one, among the 12 across India, that is not funded by the state government.

Apart from the marginal support from the government, we are waiting to hear from the human resources department or the state government whether they are willing to take up the responsibility. In other states, the respective governments that fund the institution, support the expansion requirements as well. When the state government extends support on this front, then it is legitimate that it (government) makes a request for local reservations, added Prof Nagaraj.

For now, the law institute, whose alumni are only 18 years old, stated that assistance needs to come from corporates, state and central governments.

Its destination NLSIU

June 17: The newest entrants to the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) are the cream of top-ranking students from across the country. This prestigious law school gets the highest number of toppers every year. For its five-year undergraduate programme starting 2011, it has six of the top 100 rankers, from a total of 24,000 aspirants who took the Common law admissions test (CLAT) across India this year.

The Bengaluru branch of the law school has stands out as the premier institute for the best law students. When it comes to law, NLSIU is the top option and attracts the best talent from across the country. Take for instance Viraj Joshi, who bagged the 13th all-India rank in CLAT, he says the law school offers courses and specialisations that are in sync with his aptitude and interests. And being in Bengaluru makes it even more convenient, he added.

It is obvious that the law school that provides the highest academic experience will attract the best students. And reputation takes time to build, stated Paaras Pandey, who got the 100th rank in CLAT.
The standing of a law school depends on quality of education, infrastructure, opinions about the school in legal circles and its approach to co-curriculum. NLSIU ranks high in all aspects, along with the best placements in the country, added Paaras.

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This is just one of the 60 research papers Shroff will have to write, and each of them should be worthy of publication, before he can get a five-year integrated BA, LLM degree from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore. No wonder this residential school has topped the best law colleges list in the India Today-Nielsen annual survey, for a record 11th time.

Each of the 400 students on the campus has to go through an exam every one-and-a-half months. The course work accounts for 60 marks and a research project paper with viva to defend it accounts for 35 marks; five marks go towards attendance. The emphasis is on project work, with four research papers per subject. The subjects are fairly flexible; the course lets you do what you want. I had no idea what legal education was when I joined, but I find I really like law. But if you want to do other things, we have Strawberry Fields, an annual rock fest; Admit One, an annual theatre festival; and a model United Nations competition, says final year student Krishna Prasad, 23, from Kerala. He is preparing to go to Oxford for further studies and wants to do commercial law when he returns to India. He has already published eight of his research papers, including one in Oxfords Statute Law Review on the application of a House of Lords decision to the Indian parliamentary and judicial system.

Final year student Vrinda Bhandari, 23, from Delhi, is also on her way to Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship. The student mentoring system, the interactions with others, that is what is different here. I dont think other colleges have student project guides, or the various centres of research that are available for us here. I worked with the centre on campus on social exclusion and inclusive policy, where they study caste, equity, SC-ST problems, which are not things you would do otherwise. In terms of just sensitising lives it is important as we hardly have any idea beyond our immediate circle, she says. The result is, though she is thinking of working in academics or litigation, when she returns to Delhi, her focus will be access to justice, how courts work, as well as problems of delay. I dont want to work in a firm, whatever I do will be related to human rights. My interest is definitely some kind of rights issue, she adds.

Most NLSIU alumni are corporate lawyers, with 100 per cent placements every year. The minimum salary a student earns through campus recruitment is Rs 1 lakh per month, while several leading UK-based law firms, the so-called Magic Circle firms, have hired this year, offering salaries up to Rs 2.2 lakh per month. But several alumni are scattered among NGOS, some have stepped into the IAS and many do pro bono (free) work to assist the socially and economically backward. Anisha Gopi, 26, who graduated in 2008, worked for a corporate law firm for a couple of years, but that wasnt her calling. She moved out to do legal work with an NGO for battered women, Majlis, in Mumbai, before returning to work at her alma mater in the legal aid clinic. It is a great platform. NLSIU gave students a lot of opportunity to do things, be it extracurricular or organisational activity. We were exposed to a lot of things as we have the best minds coming to the law school, she says. Another student who graduated in 2008, Cyrus Darlong Diengdoh, 27, is an IAS probationer assigned to the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. We had political science, history, economics as part of our curriculum, we did case studies to analyse all issues of society, which helped us understand the problem and how to approach it in law. Workshops and conferences opened up avenues in terms of thinking of law as a tool for social change, it is truly empowering, he says.

One of the oldest research centres on campus, the Centre for Child and Law, headed by Neethu Sharma, 36, has an extension centre at Bidadi, where students work with village children, their teachers and bring dropouts back into the mainstream. NLSIU students volunteer, come and do research work with us. We are currently working on the mid-day meal scheme, comparing it to the food served in the juvenile justice homes where there are no standards. We will give our findings and recommendations to the Karnataka government for implementation, she says.

Other ongoing research centres cover environmental issues, human rights, law and ethics in medicine, intellectual property rights (IPR) and management of common resources. With this kind of commitment to social uplift, Vice-Chancellor R. Venkata Rao is justly proud of the project work and the extra-curricular activities on his campus that make his students stand out. We dont cover the syllabus, we uncover it, he says. Rao himself specialises in human rights law. I think we do our best work in the afternoons. Regular classes end at 1.30 p.m. and in the afternoon, we have seminars and workshops. We invite people from public life, judges, IAS officers and people from different and diverse areas in life for our students to interact with. There are over 60 seminars, we add courses in emerging areas like IPR, patents, copyright law, surrogacy, biodiversity and so on. Our aim is intellectually stimulant, professionally competent and socially relevant education, he adds.

Be it Justice Santosh Hegde who uncovered the depth of the illegal mining scam in Karnataka or China expert Jayadeva Ranade, experts and scholars drop by at NLSIU to confer with the students. Naturally, the fees are steep for courses at this university, costing over a lakh a year at the undergraduate level, but scholarships and financial aid are in plentiful for those who need it.

We have eight to 10 students every year, which is 10 per cent of our intake, who get financial aid. This year, one of our teams identified and mentored a person (identity withheld to protect privacy) from a poor background to take the entrance exam and get placed. We are paying for the persons complete education, and we plan to move out to the villages to identify more such deserving candidates, Rao adds.

The challenge to scale now is not to scale the peak, but to remain at the top. Our students are encouraged to come up with out-of-the-box ideas, focus on innovation, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. We want everyone here to enjoy their jobs. As eldest son of the family of 14 national law schools, our mandate is now to leapfrog to the next generation of legal reforms, towards a more responsive legal education, where social responsibility will be the focus, says the vice-chancellor.

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A view of Delhi Universitys Faculty of Law campus.
NLSIU is closely followed by Delhi Universitys (DU) faculty of law, that has had a nine-decade-long record of excellence. DU, that was started in 1924, is known for excellent research facilities, visiting fellows from across the world and topnotch academia. It stands at number two ranking this year, up from number four in 2011.

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A class in progress at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad.
The third spot goes to last years topper, the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad, an institution the NLSIU faculty consider its child. In terms of quality and the facilities available, there is little to choose between the two. But there is healthy competition, that breeds quality education.

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